Plus, they ARE from the past, and no one cares that much if they lied to Congress since no one likes Congress that much, and, and... well, if I knew all the reasons the issue of these appointments isn't playing out more promininently, I could be a highly paid political consultant! Suffice to say that politics works in mysterious and inconsistent ways!

Posted by: fyodor at December 18, 2002 10:38 AM

Stand back, Fyodor, I feel one of my spells comin' on!

One doesn't have to like politicians to realize they are all we've got for getting things like the Boland amendment passed. This issue goes beyond partisanship. If the executive branch tramples on the separation of powers in their pursuit to kill commies and "no one cares," then that weakens the integrity of our republic.

Why do you think so few people vote? Why vote for a congressperson if the executive branch is going to trump the Congress' decisions with covert operations and then pardon the treasonous bastards who effectively stifled your voice in Congress?

They pissed me off then, and I'm pissed off about it now. I'm sorry, I must have missed the memo which said that the past doesn't matter anymore.

I know there have been some issues raised about US funding of the opposition in Venezuela. Letting Bush get a pass for appointing Abrams only encourages such meddling.

I get the sinking feeling that in ten years, I'll be complaining about Jeb Bush appointing whoever is behind this Venezuela thing to a cabinet position after he takes the reins of government.

Posted by: John K. at December 19, 2002 09:30 AM

Thanks, all. As for your geographical concerns, Tim -- well, the National Post were the ones who approached me! And their readership is generally center-right, at least for Canada, so I'm hardly preaching to any choir there. I'm working on getting the column into other markets & countries, and Featurewell lands it here and there, but so far progress has been as slow as time has been tight. Suggestions are always welcome.

Posted by: Matt Welch at December 20, 2002 08:29 AM
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